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North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un to be awarded global statesmanship prize

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north_korea_government1By NewsGram Staff Writer

North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un will be felicitated with a global statesmanship award this year.

The Sukarno award, named after the daughter of Indonesia’s founding father, will be presented to Kim Jong-un by the Bali-based Sukarno Centre.

Speaking on the announcement, Rachmawati Soekarnoputri, daughter of Indonesia’s founder said, “We will give the award to President Kim Jong-un because he has been consistent in carrying out the ideals of the great leader, Kim Il Sung, which is to fight imperialism.”

“So this will be a sequel, where we give the award to Kim Jong-un for his persistence in fighting neo-colonialism,” Soekarnoputri said, alluding to the award being previously awarded to Kim II Sung.

The Sukarno award is presented to people who have made contributions to peace and development such as Mahatma Gandhi and Aung San Suu Kyi.

In a remarkably absurd judgment, the award will be awarded to Kim Jong-un despite the execution of a man who ran a turtle farm by the North Korean dictator earlier this month.

The man was apparently hounded for not looking after the turtles well enough. The farmer, on his part, had complained about issues such as electricity, water and equipment,  complaints that were dismissed by the leader as “nonsensical.”

Shortly after the incident the man was shot dead.

Cases of poor governance and apathy are frequently reported in North Korea while around 10.2 million North Koreans are currently facing the “worst drought in over a hundred years.”

Outlandish claims are also commonly made by the dictatorship regime. In June, the country announced it had invented a wonder drug capable of curing Aids, Ebola and cancer, a dubious contention on which the world heavily came down upon.

False propaganda reports such as Kim Jong-un inventing the hamburger and possessing magical powers have also been made.

Though reports show that Kim Jong-un was born in Siberia, the country claims that he was born atop a North Korean mountain prompting a double rainbow and the spontaneous appearance of a new star.

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North Korea Hackers Target Think Tanks, Activists; Reveals Microsoft

By using forwarding rules, Thallium can continue to see email received by the victim, even after the victim's account password is updated

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FILE - A sign for Microsoft is seen on a building in Cambridge, Massachusetts, March 18, 2017. VOA

Microsoft has revealed that a North Korea-linked hacker group has stolen the sensitive personal information of government employees, think tanks, university staff members, members of organizations focused on world peace and human rights, as well as individuals who work on nuclear proliferation-related issues.

Microsoft has now gained control of 50 domains that the group uses to conduct its operations, the company said on Monday.

With this action, the sites can no longer be used to execute attacks.

A court case against the hacker group, called Thallium, filed in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, resulted in a court order enabling Microsoft to take control of the web domains, Microsoft Customer Security and Trust Vice President Tom Burt said in a blog post.

Microsoft’s Digital Crimes Unit (DCU) and the Microsoft Threat Intelligence Center (MSTIC) has been tracking and gathering information on Thallium, monitoring the group’s activities to establish and operate a network of websites, domains and Internet-connected computers.

This network was used to target victims and then compromise their online accounts, infect their computers, compromise the security of their networks and steal sensitive information.

Most targets were based in the US, as well as Japan and South Korea, Burt said.

Like many cybercriminals and threat actors, Thallium typically attempts to trick victims through a technique known as spear phishing.

FILE - Microsoft Corp. signage is shown outside the Microsoft Visitor Center in Redmond, Wash.
FILE – Microsoft Corp. signage is shown outside the Microsoft Visitor Center in Redmond, Wash. VOA

By gathering information about the targeted individuals from social media, public personnel directories from organizations the individual is involved with and other public sources, Thallium is able to craft a personalized spear-phishing email in a way that gives the email credibility to the target.

The link in the email redirects the user to a website requesting the user’s account credentials.

By tricking victims into clicking on the fraudulent links and providing their credentials, Thallium is then able to log into the victim’s account.

Upon successful compromise of a victim account, Thallium can review emails, contact lists, calendar appointments and anything else of interest in the compromised account.

The hackers often also creates a new mail forwarding rule in the victim’s account settings. This mail forwarding rule will forward all new emails received by the victim to Thallium-controlled accounts.

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By using forwarding rules, Thallium can continue to see email received by the victim, even after the victim’s account password is updated.

“You can protect yourself from these types of attacks in at least three ways. We recommend, first, that you enable two-factor authentication on all business and personal email accounts,” Burt said.

“Second, learn how to spot phishing schemes and protect yourself from them. Third, enable security alerts about links and files from suspicious websites and carefully check your email forwarding rules for any suspicious activity,” he added. (IANS)